One of Teresa’s fun challenges over at her “The Haunted Wordsmith” blog is when she asks us to grab a book…any kind of book…and flip to a page and a specific line on that page. In this case it’s page 195, line 4. Then we are supposed to use that line as a prompt for a post.
I chose George Orwell’s classic book, “1984.” I used the Kindle version of the book that I downloaded to my iPhone. This is what appears on page 195, line 4 of that ebook:
“When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something….”
So here is my post using that line from Orwell’s book.
“You did what?” Denise asked her mother, Madeline. “Mom, why on Earth would you do that?”
“Honey, I received a brochure in the mail saying that, because of my age and the equity in my home, I may qualify to receive a large amount of cash each month,” Madeline explained. “And you know that since your father died, money is a little tight these days, what with the mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, groceries, and medical bills. So I called the number in the brochure and I spoke to a lovely young lady who told me all about these reverse mortgages.”
“Mom, these people are paid to push you into signing your home over to them,” Denise said. “These reverse mortgage deals are frauds and scams that shady hustlers pull on unsuspecting seniors, knowing that it’s either not the best option or that it’s an unsuitable product.”
“Oh no, Denise,” Madeline said. “The nice woman assured me that these reverse mortgages are closely tied to the United States government, and pointed out where, in the brochure I received, that they have been awarded the government’s seal of approval.”
“First of all, Mom, there’s no such thing as a U.S. government seal of approval,” Denise said. “And did she tell you that you have to act fast before the offer expires?” Denise asked her mother.
“Well, yes, the offer, she said, was only good for a limited time,” Madeline said. “But, Denise, it’s a no-risk reverse mortgage that essentially provides me with free income.”
“Mom, why didn’t you call me so that we could discuss this before you signed anything?” Denise asked.
“Free income for me at no risk, Denise.” Madeline said. “I explained that to you already.”
“Free income? Mother, when you delude yourself into thinking that you see something that looks too good to be true, it usually is,” Denise said. “All I can say is that it’s a good thing that your daughter is an excellent lawyer. I’ve got to figure out a way to reverse your reverse mortgage.”